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The Remains Of Tom Lehrer Box set, Original recording remastered, Import

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Product details

  • Audio CD (24 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Warner Archives/Rhino/Reprise
  • ASIN: B00004SWBH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,826 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Fight Fiercely, Harvard
2. Old Dope Peddler
3. Be Prepared
4. Wild West Is Where I Want to Be
5. I Wanna Go Back to Dixie
6. Lobachevsky
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Disc: 2
1. Introduction
2. I Wanna Go Back to Dixie
3. Wild West Is Where I Want to Be
4. Old Dope Peddler
5. Fight Fiercely, Harvard
6. Lobachevsky
See all 24 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. National Brotherhood Week
2. MLF Lullaby
3. George Murphy
4. Folk Song Army
5. Smut
6. Send the Marines
See all 25 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Tom Lehrer was never a popular favourite in his native country: in the States, Lehrer was--and is--a cult artist, appealing to Ivy Leaguers and Wallace Shawn-era New York readers. Maybe it's due to the fact that Lehrer has a sense of humour--he's ironic, intelligent, literary and knowing--and not a sense of humor: this is not music for the masses that have made Adam Sandler a star. Lehrer's métier is to use classic song styles (waltzes, tangoes, traditional folk tunes) and twist them to his needs; he sings them (relatively) straight, but with vaudeville timing, taking pot shots at the left, right and centre.

The three-disc set The Remains of Tom Lehrer collects every album that Lehrer's ever released: the studio albums Songs by Tom Lehrer and More of Tom Lehrer, the live recordings Tom Lehrer Revisited and An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer, and That Was The Year That Was; they're joined by studio sessions with Richard Hayman, Joe Raposo and Rob Fisher. Amazing, then, that there are only 59 different songs here--31 appear here twice (in both studio and live versions), with a further four songs making three appearances (those reprised in the Hayman sessions). The real surprise is the inclusion of six previously unreleased songs--some old, some new; some witty but educational (recorded for a children's TV show), the others witty but cynical. --Randy Silver

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
everything is ridiculed, picked on, laughed at and generally sung about.From nuclear war to nuclear families sleeping together, every idea everwrote about is to be found somewhere in here. This is simply a fantasticcollection of some of the funniest, most hilarious, timeless pieces ofcomedy ever written. Any one interested in music, politics, war,americans, sleeping with or killing various members of their families,murdering various small animals or remembering their college years, thereis a song here for you. But dont just buy this collection for the songsand extremely funny interludes, which will have you rolling with laughter,but also for the book which comes with the box set. Which contains manyinsights in to the life of lehrer and what made him the way he is today (amaths lecturer who needed to get out and sing hilariously daft songs).
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dr. George L. Sik on 3 Mar. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
First of all, this really is all an old Tom Lehrer fan or a new initiate will need - absolutely everything he did is here. I say 'old' because, at a recent tribute show I attended, the average age of the audience was in its sixties...and that accentuates what was so remarkable - unique, in fact - about Lehrer's comic songs: in this case 'ahead of his time' doesn't even come close. Written when America was feeling most smug and satisfied with itself, Lehrer was the spectre at the feast.

I have to disagree with some of the reviewers here about there being no sex in his work: there was loads. It was simply put across differently. It FEELS very innocent by today's standards, but that made it all the more subversive. We are, after all, talking about a whole song on the clap (I Got It From Agnes) but you are not explicitly TOLD it's about the clap. We're talking about necrophilia jokes made in the nineteen fifties, a time when clearly most of his audience hadn't even heard the word - such humour still shocks when The League of Gentlemen does it today, some fifty years later!

One or two songs are a little dated because George Murphy and Hubert Humphrey are distant memories (though Arnold Schwarzenegger and Al Gore are more or less the modern equivalents) but actually it's amazing how little has changed. Send The Marines, Pollution and New Math could have been written yesterday (though I guess it would now be New New Math). The Old Dope Peddler might have lost some of its shock value, but when I saw it performed in the tribute by a singer made up to look like he was in the final throes of heroin addiction, its understatedness still disturbed. Some of the rare material is great, too.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dnes on 12 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
The collection contains what is probably every recorded song Lehrer has done and also a detailed book. I will deal with the recordings first. The first CD deals with the studio recordings with piano. The songs here are easiest to appreciate today, and are duplicated on the second CD, only live this time. It is debatable whether this is neccessary or not, but if you have only heard either the live or studio recordings it is worth it. The third CD covers his other works. Firstly 'That was the Year that was', a recording that was highly topical and hence some of the humour is lost (for example has anyone even heard of Hubert Humphry?). However if you're old enough to remember it or know enough history it can be very satisfying to get the joke. Several of the songs are as or even more relevant, especially pollution. There are orchestral recordings of some of the most famous songs, which are worth listening to as well. The last part of CD3 is filled up with recordings from strange sources, mainly a children's TV show from the early '70s and is the low point of the CD. This is compensated for by the excellant book that accompanies the set. When I ordered this I thought it would be a small, flimsy booklet. Instead it is a hardback with a good biography, an interview, notes on many of the songs and the lyrics in the back. If you buy this you will probably never have to buy any more of his recordings. But I have neglected the most important part of these works. They are amazingly funny. Buy this- if you like irony you will never regret it.
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147 of 152 people found the following review helpful By D. Penn on 13 Nov. 2004
Format: Audio CD
...with today's comedy. After having listened to Tom Lehrer, you'll find it difficult to be so entertained by comedians today, many of whom seem to think standing on stage and swearing is funny.
No, there's not a single swear word on these CDs. No reference to sex either (unless, of course, you count Oedipus Rex) or any of the other topics today's entertainers fall back on. Mr. Lehrer is, however, one of funniest people to ever get up on stage.
He covers issues which would appear completely devoid of humour brilliantly. The theme of nuclear fallout, for example, is taken and turned into a ballad entitled 'We Will All Go Together When We Go' (which includes the great rhyme of "sooner'll" with "funeral").
What's amazing is how much of the material here could have been written yesterday. 'Send the Marines' is a case in point, and could easily have been written about the recent war in Iraq. Some, of course, - particularly some of the songs on disc 3, which were recorded for a current affairs show - are obviously dated, but even when this is the case, the songs are still enjoyable in their own right. You might even learn a bit about '60s American politics...
Personally I prefer the live records to the studio ones, and rarely listen to the latter.
Yes, as others have mentioned, quite a lot of the material is very similar, but for just over £20, you get 2 concerts, and a book, as well as the duplicate songs for completeness. Is it worth the money? Yes. Definately. 100%. Just do yourself a favour and buy it.
To close, a quote from the liner notes:
"Any ideas expressed on this record should not be taken as representing Mr. Lehrer's true convictions, for indeed he has none.
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